Construction Industry Goes the Green Way Products exhibited at CII - IGBC 2017
The 15th edition of CII-IGBC Green Building Congress 2017 organized in Jaipur from 4 - 7 October 2017, saw a record turnout. The event was attended by national and international delegates, members of World GBC, company representatives, industry experts, technologists, architects, exhibitors and visitors.
The event saw over 2,000 national and international delegates, and participation from global thought leaders who shared their success stories and best practices in over 20 sessions, and during panel discussions with key industry leaders and financial institutions. CII - IGBC 17 also hosted the Worldgbc’s annual members meet which was attended by CEOS and experts from over 30 Green Building Councils. An exhibition, held concurrently, showcased technologies and processes that are transforming the global construction industry.
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural session, Shri. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister for Industry, NRI & Govt. Enterprise, Government of Rajasthan, said that the Government of Rajasthan is committed to facilitate sustainable development of the State. It has introduced a slew of measures, including 5% additional FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for projects under JDA (Jaipur Development Authority). “It’s encouraging to see that Rajasthan has 83 IGBC registered projects with a footprint of 103 million sqft of green buildings making it the role model for other states. Awareness about the importance and benefits of adopting the green building concept is very important to further this growth. “IGBC is playing a pioneer role in spearheading the green movement in India,” he said.
Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar, Minister for Forest, Environment, Govt of Rajasthan, appreciating CII’S support to the State in its growth initiatives, said that India, which is currently the 2nd largest country in the world with Green Building footprint of 4.68 billion sqft, has the potential to be the world leader soon. “Rajasthan
has taken a leadership position in this area and can play a significant role in helping the country to achieve IGBC’S vision of 10 billion sqft green built-up environment by 2022. The Government of Rajasthan is glad to offer all possible support to IGBC in making India a global leader in green buildings,” he said.
In his special address, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development & Housing Department, Shri Mukesh Kumar Sharma, said that it was appreciable that in the last 15 years, IGBC has facilitated 4.68 billion sqft of green building footprint, and hoped that there would be more such green building projects in the State in the future.
Ar. Tai Lee Siang, Chair, Worldgbc, said, “India has made significant progress in promoting the adoption of green building practice. To take it to the next level, we need to make green building a part of our tradition by going beyond the business case.” He highlighted the 3 Es of Engagement, Excitement and Encouragement. Through engagement, GBC would bring together members of different countries who would carry on the spirit of sustainable development. Excitement will be generated upon hearing the success stories of fellow GBCS. Member councils will feel encouraged knowing that they are not alone in the run for a green and harmonious planet.
Speaking on the accomplishments of WGBC, CEO Ms. Terri Wills said that green building policies have had around 60% impact. The Council is changing the way buildings are being constructed, and is playing a critical role at the United Nations and is a significant contributor for climate change. “The Asia Pacific region, which includes India, is one of the fastest growth regions in the green building space. Worldgbc is driving the mission of ensuring green building for “everyoneeverywhere”. India, one of the first founding members of WGBC, has been playing a vital role in accelerating the global green building movement,” she said.
In his welcome address, Mr. V Suresh, Chairman, Policy & Advocacy Committee - IGBC, said that the 3-day event will prove to be a significant platform for world councils to act together for sustainable development. He highlighted the need for
smart cities and AMRUT cities adopting green building concepts, and requested the government to convert exiting government buildings into green buildings. “IGBC has been driving initiatives with the support of local IGBC chapters to introduce various rating systems customized to meet the requirements of different types of built environments, including IGBC green building village rating system. The green building movement should not just be urban-centric, it should reach villages and rural parts of India. Our effort has been to create opportunities for market transformation and make green building affordable to ensure greater participation. IGBC aspires to facilitate 10 billion sqft of green building footprint by 2022,” he said.
The 4-day event was marked by several sessions, conferences and award ceremonies. Shri Ashok Jain, Chief Secretary, Govt of Rajasthan, chief guest at the curtain raiser, said that the large national and international participation indicates awareness and interest towards creating a sustainable built environment. He invited investment in green projects in the State, specifically in- manufacturing, real estate, tourism, IT and services.
The session also saw presentations by Arun Bhatia, Chief Sustainability Officer of United Technologies Corporation, John Mandyck, Director, Healthy Buildings Program, Centre for Health & the Global Environment, Harvard Chan School, and others.
GBC was also the platform for the launch of India’s first rating system for Greening of Existing Cities — IGBC Green Cities Rating (for Existing Cities). A rating system for Green Affordable Housing, Green New Building (Version 3.0) and Green Interiors Rating System were also launched. IGBC Healthy Building Rating program evaluates buildings on the metrics of people-centric design, and on the incorporation of elements that address energy consumption, water use and waste management.
Mous were signed with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials & Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and Climate Project Foundation. Speaking at the sidelines of the event, Mr. Parasu Raman Chairman, Green Products & Services Council & Founding Chairman, IGBC said that India’s ready-mix concrete industry is embracing green concepts. This will reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 1.5 lakh tons per year. He added that CII along with Ready Mix Concrete Manufacturing Association, Quality Council of India and International Finance Corporation is developing Greenpro Certification for ready-mix concrete.
Concurrent sessions were held on Affordable Housing, Green Schools and Green Hospitals Products & Technologies. The session on Green Hospitals aimed at highlighting the importance and benefits of incorporating green features in hospitals which would result in faster recovery, energy management and less generation of waste. IGBC in its continued efforts to inspire young minds and encourage them to come up with innovative and futuristic green ideas, annually conducts Green Your School contest supported by Carrier-toshiba. CIIIGBC also organizes the annual Architectural Design Competition supported by Daikin.
Shri Ashok Jain, IAS Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan addressing at the Curtain Raiser on 4 October 2017
Shri Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister for Industry, NRI, Govt. Enterprise, DMIC Government of Rajasthan addressing the inaugural session
Release of IGBC Healthy Building Rating System
Winners of Green Your School Contest 2017
Shri Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister for Industry, NRI, Govt. Enterprise, DMIC Government of Rajasthan presenting IGBC Green Champion Award for Indian Railways to Shri A.k.tewari Adviser (ENHM) Railway Board, Ministry of Railways